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"I'm Always Worrying"

with Agony Aunt Kim

Accounting Agony Aunt Kim is our very own part-time, professional-style, problems practitioner. Our staff may know her better as Kim in Management Accounts (the tubby one with glasses and attitude).

"I'm Always Worrying"


Dear Kim,

Can you help?

I'm an accountant and seem to spend all my day worrying.

At night I find it hard to sleep because my mind just plays back over and over again the traumatic events of the day.

In the morning I awake with a start and in a cold sweat. Then I begin predicting and analysing all the potential calamities that await me at work.

stressed accountantBy the time I get to my desk I'm already feeling anxious and panicky and have to triple check everything I do before I can send it out. As a result things go out late and because I'm so anxious I don't know whether it's right or not...

Which reminds me. Aagh! I knew there was something I should have sent out yesterday. Bob's variance report. Oh no! I'VE HAD IT!! Quick...must send this mail out...where is it? WHERE IS IT??!!!

Aah, that's better. Now where was I?

Oh, yes. And then, because I'm so focussed on myself, I tend to overlook the obvious which means I get caught out at meetings and cannot perform properly with my peers and superiors.

Please help. I feel I'm working flat out just to stand still and survive. Which reminds me. I'm sure I had booked something in for this morning. Oh no. I'm worrying again now. What was it? WHAT WAS IT ??!! I'M DOOMED!!

Alan D (Financial Planning & Analysis Manager)


Too right you did! We had a meeting booked for 9. Where were you??!! Pull yourself together man.

Start by seeing if you can hold it together long enough to read my Helpsheet: ‘Suffering from anxiety? - This time they are going to find you out.’

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